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Transfer Student Process & Requirements

Ready to apply to McNally Smith? It’s easy! Simply follow the four steps outlined below. While we do have priority deadlines, we operate on a rolling admission system. This means we accept applications until classes are full, so you can apply anytime.


If you have earned credits at another institution, you can start by sending us your transcripts. While we’ll need official transcripts to complete your enrollment, you can start the admissions process — and see how your credits will transfer — by sending us your unofficial transcripts.

Email transcripts to:


Mail transcripts to:
McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange Street East
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101

Step 1 - Apply

Complete your online enrollment application and submit the $75 application fee*, before the deadlines listed below to receive priority status for admission.

Priority Status Deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: February 1
  • Spring Semester: December 1
  • Summer Semester: April 1

*PSEO students are not required to submit an application fee.

Step 2 – Admission Requirements

You are required to submit materials and documentation specific to your major to be considered for acceptance. Undergraduate admission requirements for each degree program are listed below.

Choose Your Degree:

  • Music Performance
  • Music Business
  • Composition & Songwriting
  • Music Production
  • Audio Engineering
  • Live Sound
  • Hip Hop Studies
  • Music Studies

Music Performance Requirements

Degree High School Transcripts Admissions Essay Audition General Musicianship Evaluation Demo Recording Technology Exam
BM x x x
AAS x x x
Diploma x x x

Your Admissions Representative will help you coordinate the submission of your required documents, and he or she will assist you in scheduling your audition and/or entrance exams.

If you have earned credits from another institution, an official copy of your college transcripts must be sent to the Registrar Office at McNally Smith to be considered for transfer eligibility.

NOTE: Although not a requirement for acceptance to the College, you must submit immunization records prior to attending class.

Step 3 – Acceptance

Following submission and review of all required documents, an admission decision will be made and a formal letter of acceptance or denial will be sent to you.

Step 4 – Confirm Acceptance

Once you receive an acceptance letter and offer of admission, you must return the attached confirmation letter accepting the offer of admission, along with the non-refundable $200 tuition deposit* to secure your seat in class and to enable course registration. The tuition deposit is not a fee and will be applied to the first semester tuition bill.

Tuition Deposit Deadlines:

  • Fall: May 1
  • Spring: 30 days prior to the start of the semester
  • Summer: 30 days prior to the start of the semester

NOTE: You may request a tuition deposit waiver from the Financial Aid Office if all financial aid monies have been approved and are scheduled to cover the entire amount of your tuition and fees for the upcoming semester.

*PSEO students are not required to submit a tuition deposit.